Upcoming Events

    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • Law Institute of Victoria, 470 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
    • 16

    There is a common saying that “the loudest duck gets shot”. To become leaders in the legal profession, we need to have the ability and skills to speak up confidently and calmly when required.

    The AALA CPD Committee is excited to present the third round of CPD workshops with Richard Lawton of Ignite Coaching for voice and presentation training.

    Are you interested in...

    • Techniques to help you stand fearlessly in front of any audience?
    • How to manage your Inner Judge, Critic and Censor?
    • Skills and tools to anchor you in the moment and think on your feet?
    • Techniques to pull you out of performance anxiety?
    The expected outcomes for the CPD are...
    • How to command the space and be an impressive presence;
    • how to embody authenticity, charisma, humour and personal magnetism;
    • how you can command space and hold an impressive presence;
    • techniques to enable you to stand fearlessly in front of any audience;
    • how to manage your inner judge, critic and censor;
    • skills and tools so that you make eye contact, project and relax into your authentic voice;
    • ways to better manage performance anxiety; and
    • to express authenticity, charisma and humour.

    These workshops will contribute to improved leadership skills and greater confidence in speaking and presenting in all arenas - whether it be in the courtroom, face-to-face with a client or at a work function.


    • Three x 1.5 hour coaching workshops.
    • Held on Wednesdays starting at 5.45pm on 4, 11 and 18 October 2017.
    • Total cost: $132.00 per participant.
    • Only 20 spots available – first in, first served!


    Registration is only open to AALA members. Please register by Wednesday, 27 September 2017.

    For more information, please click here to view a flyer for Richard's workshops.

    “On the Reader’s Course we really value the contribution of someone who brings a really practical application to the development of voice and body language. Richard has been working with us since October 2012, and in that time has helped many of our barristers develop these essential skills in order to communicate effectively.”

    Jacqueline Stone, Victorian Bar, Reader’s Course

    “Richard managed to persuade a fairly sceptical group of participants to step out of their comfort zone, which increased their confidence levels. An unusual and valuable component was his providing each of them with insightful, individual, real-time feedback, which they were able to implement immediately.”

    Laura Grant, Graduate Resourcing Consultant, Lander & Rogers

    “You graphically reminded me of the value of giving the voice (your instrument) its full potential.”

    Ian Gray, State Coroner

    “He marries his passion and excitement with a dynamic leadership style that people gladly follow. I’m delighted to recommend him.”

    Tony Parsons,(former) CEO Victorian Legal Aid

    “I particularly liked the work on stature… This really helped me soon after the course in dealing with some intimidating witnesses in a matter. I was able to adopt it and take control of the meeting.”

    Shawanah Tasneem, Crown Prosecutor, Canberra

    • 09 Oct 2017
    • 5:30 PM
    • Herbert Smith Freehills, 42/101 Collins Street
    • 35

    The AALA and the Women Barristers Association are proud to host a panel of esteemed speakers to speak on their experiences of diversity in the law.

    Our speakers Judicial Registrar Tran of the County Court; Tuan Van Le, Executive Director, Dispute Resolution at the ATO and Rochelle Castro, Principal at RC & CO Lawyers will share their experiences of diversity in the law and provide their insight as to how best to improve diversity in our profession.

    This is a unique opportunity to hear from the leaders in our profession and forms part of Herbert Smith Freehill's Diversity Week. 

    The event is open to AALA and WBA members. We are also pleased to invite members to register non-member guests to attend this free event.

    The event will be followed by networking and drinks.


    • 17 Nov 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • The Law Society, Level 5, 160 St Georges Tce Perth WA

    The themes of social inclusion, diversity and cultural competence are important for lawyers. Around half of all Australians were born overseas or had at least one parent born overseas. Western Australia enjoys geographic benefits such a a shared time zone with major international commercial and dispute resolution hubs in Asia such as Singapore and Hong Kong, and has a culturally and linguistically varied legal profession. Through mentoring, networking and peer support, the legal profession has the potential to better reflect the diversity of Australia. Asian cultural diversity is an emerging issue for Australian society, and for the legal profession. Larger law firms have few partners of Asian ethnicity, and there has never been a person of Asian ethnicity appointed a judge of any Australian court.

    Join senior figures in the profession after the presentation for morning tea, networking and to consider the phenomenon of the ‘bamboo ceiling’.

    Attendees will get 2 CPD points in Competency and 2 in Professional Skills

    Register at: https://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/event/cultural-diversity-bamboo-ceiling/

Past Events

07 Sep 2017 Reflections on lessons from four decades of legal and professional engagement with China
18 Aug 2017 The Changing Face of Law - A Global Perspective (Vic)
17 Aug 2017 The Asian Experience in America and What it Means for Australia: Professor Frank Wu and Perth Guest Speaker Julian Sher
16 Aug 2017 The Changing Face of Law - A Global Perspective (Sydney)
31 May 2017 2017 Vic AALA Launch with His Honour Magistrate Raj Malhotra
17 May 2017 Tarwirri and AALA present: Cultural diversity in the legal profession (VIC)
27 Mar 2017 CLE Event: Business with the Dragon - Enforcing Contractual Obligations in favour of Australian clients in China (NSW)
23 Mar 2017 For Lawyers: Strategies to develop a social media presence (QLD)
16 Mar 2017 POSTPONED: Address by the Federal Attorney General, the Hon. George Brandis
01 Mar 2017 Her Honour Magistrate Urfa Masood: Reflections from the Bench (VIC)
11 Feb 2017 Lunar New Year Dinner (including welcome cocktails) - AALA NSW
13 Dec 2016 AALA 2016 End of Year Celebration (Vic)
05 Dec 2016 AALA NSW 2016 End-of-Year Celebration
03 Nov 2016 AALA Mentoring Program Launch (VIC)
27 Oct 2016 2016 AALA Annual General Meeting
27 Oct 2016 2016 AALA NSW Branch Meeting (NSW)
04 Oct 2016 AALA Mentoring Program Launch (NSW)
07 Sep 2016 CPD workshops with Richard Lawton for voice and presentation training (VIC)
25 Aug 2016 International Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
11 Aug 2016 Where the Glass and Bamboo Ceilings Meet in the Australian Legal Profession - NSW Event
23 Jun 2016 What is it like to be an Asian-Australian lawyer in 2016? - Career Panel Discussion (NSW)
21 Jun 2016 Vincent Shin - My Story (VIC)
12 May 2016 Seminar - Legal, operational, and cultural challenges of doing business in China (VIC)
02 May 2016 Inaugural Annual William Lee Address (NSW)
12 Apr 2016 John Leung: 8 Things You Don't Know About Me
06 Apr 2016 AALA NSW Networking Event
10 Mar 2016 Richard Lawton - Elevate Your Voice and Presence (CPD Series)
19 Feb 2016 AALA and ACC - Getting the monkey off our backs: improving diversity and inclusion in the legal sector
07 Dec 2015 End of Year Event 2015 (VIC)
02 Nov 2015 AALA NSW Launch - 2 November 2015
08 Sep 2015 Annual General Meeting 2015
25 May 2015 CPD Session with Jason Yeap OAM & Jenny Taing
14 Apr 2015 Launch of AALA Cultural Diversity Analysis
26 Feb 2015 Asian Cultural Attitudes to Litigation and Mediation

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